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Six points essential from next two games
at 21:10 21 Oct 2019

Currently busy so will be giving the pre match write ups a miss.
An away win at Crewe is long overdue
perhaps 2-1 and then we owe the Exiles big time for that 87th minute equaliser so I reckon 2-0.

Anyway UTU's
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Colchester United v Morecambe prediction logged
Shrimps to be potted at JobServe CS
at 18:38 18 Oct 2019

I'm keeping this very short this week because I'm away in Cornwall.

The league's longest serving manager Jim Bentley brings his Morecambe team to do battle with the league's 10th longest serving manager JM veteran of 172 Colchester league and cup games.

We embark on another tough week which will see us take on the Railwaymen and the Exiles.

But tomorrow is all about three points and after last season's 0-0 draw we should be looking at a comfortable home victory somewhere in the region of 6-0.

Jackson Eastman Prosser Bramall
Wiredu Lapslie Comley
Nouble Poku Robinson

Ross Harriott Clampin Stevenson Gambin Norris Sowunmi

Weather 15 degrees Celsius and sunny with cloudy intervals

Enjoy the game

Up the U's

Super U's to overcome the Reds in vital league game on Saturday
at 15:31 11 Oct 2019

After Spurs youngsters managed what their first team couldn’t and defeated Col U in a penalty shootout 6-5 on Tuesday evening; JM takes his charges to the first of two important games at the People's Pension Stadium Crawley this Saturday.

First is the league encounter and then on the 29th October, a Carabao Cup encounter, with the winners representing League Two in the Quarter Finals.

Both games are important with league points at stake this weekend and gate money/TV revenue 17 days later for the winners. Much has been made of the ticketing arrangements this week and it seems that the U’s will have more than 1600 supporters against the Reds for the cup tie and about 250 this Saturday.

Personally, I would like to see two Super U’s victories, but both games will be difficult. We have played Crawley 13 times and only have 3 victories, 4 draws and 6 defeats to show for the effort. Their Head Coach Gabriele Cioffi will be as keen as JM to strike a psychological blow this Saturday. Crawley have top scorer Beryly Lubala in their line up and he looks sharp and dangerous.

Colchester again have two players on international duty in Brandon Comley and Luke Gambin, playing for Montserrat and Malta respectively. There are also fitness concerns about Kwame Poku, Paris Cowan-Hall and Brendan Wiredu, whilst Harry Pell and Callum Harriott remain side-lined. I wonder though whether Harriott could be available for next week’s match against Morecambe.

Now much has been said about the outstanding Tom Eastman this season and tomorrow he clocks up his 300th Colchester game. It will be nice for him to celebrate with another goal.

The league table is beginning to have a familiar look to it and three points must be the aim tomorrow:

FGR 12 24
Exeter 12 23
Newport 12 23
Crewe 12 23
Cheltenham 12 22
Bradford 12 21
Swindon 12 20
COL U 12 19

Now without dismissing 2/3rds of the league the top seven is beginning to look more consistent. I know that Plymouth Argyle are struggling at present, but they could be a contender if they begin to put a run of results together. So, where does that leave Colchester, well we will be displacing one of the top seven and preferably one of the eventual top three.

Presently I think that the Bantams pose the biggest threat, they are a sleeping giant with 15,000 gates and although their playing surface is shocking, they will be one of the top three come April. Exeter are one of the perennial play off contenders but can they stake a claim for that third spot, we will see.

A long way to go yet of course, but we are more than a quarter of the way into the season now.

JM has no problem selecting the back five positions and midfield and strikers are aided by international call ups;


Jackson Eastman Prosser Bramall

Senior Lapslie Stevenson

Nouble Norris Robinson

Ross Clampin Sowunmi Chilvers Brown Wright Dunne

Possible changes to the subs bench but only if they are fit would be Poku and Wiredu with a surprise bench appearance for Harriott perhaps, but it could be a week too soon for him. Personally, with wet conditions and a heavy pitch, I wouldn’t take any unnecessary risks with any of them.

Harry Pell could be fit for the second Crawley encounter. Theo Robinson will of course be cup tied against Crawley on the 29th.

The weather in Crawley tomorrow will be 13 degrees Celsius with 90% precipitation, take a coat and hat! The pitch could be heavy and probably worse than at Macclesfield.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Enjoy the game

Up the U’s

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Colchester United v Stevenage prediction logged
Super U's to see off the Boro at Fortress JobServe
at 12:14 4 Oct 2019

JM and his charges play host to Mark Sampson interim manager of Stevenage Borough on Saturday at the JobServe Community Stadium. The Boro have not enjoyed the best of starts to the season but with Kurtis Guthrie and Craig Mackail-Smith in their ranks they possess two potential matchwinners and Guthrie does like to score against his old club!

The U’s by contrast have picked up their season big style and after 15 games the record stands as follows 6 Wins, 6 Draws and 3 Defeats. Two of those draws after 90 minutes were converted to victories after penalties of course.

Saturday though remains a banana skin game with the Boro looking to secure a victory and the U’s needing to ensure that they are not in any way complacent.

Having watched the last three consecutive Colchester games (Orient, Spurs and Macclesfield) I can report that Colchester are in rude health and on course for promotion this season. Well why not the league is wide open, we have players waiting to return in Harry Pell who has just stepped up his training and everyone is awaiting Callum Harriott’s first start since his return to the club. Added to this I sincerely hope that Kwame Poku is fit to play on Saturday because he is one of the most promising players that I have seen in many years.

After the emotional drama of defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup on the Tuesday evening, many thought that the Macclesfield game would be too much too soon plus we have a poor record at the Moss Rose. The way that the Silkmen came out of the blocks suggested that they wanted to put one over on the super U’s and in truth they could have scored three goals in a lack lustre first half showing from the U’s.

Colchester lined up:


Eastman Sowunmi Prosser

Cowan-Hall Lapslie Comley Sarpong-Wiredu Bramall

Nouble Robinson

Ross Clampin Chilvers Gambin Stevenson Senior Norris

Now although the U’s appeared to line up with three at the back, Cohen Bramall did not advance sufficiently up the left wing because frankly Macclesfield played very well in the first half. Also, Sarpong-Wiredu never seemed to get into the game. Colchester didn’t help themselves with misplaced passes and a degree of unease at the new formation. Theo Robinson deservedly scored an equaliser on half time and although the second half was a much closer affair, we couldn’t secure the vital second goal and indeed Macclesfield had a last second “goal” rightly disallowed for a foul on Gerken. In other seasons we might have lost that game, but the U’s are becoming difficult to beat.

Tomorrow is all about victory and securing a place in the top seven. Ignore Guthrie and his antics it is all about putting the Boro to the sword and boosting our goal difference into the bargain.

But how will JM play things and what about his starting line-up.

Much depends on Ryan Jackson’s fitness as to whether JM opts with a back four or not. Personally, I would play Paris Cowan-Hall at Right back if Jackson is not fit. After all he kept Son quiet for 45 minutes last Tuesday week. That might be his better position as well at present.

Jackson’s forward play has been inspirational this season and he is playing the best football of his career in the six matches that I have seen so far this season.

In midfield the workhorse Tom Lapslie must play with Brandon Comley leaving JM to decide as to play either Kwame Poku if fit or Ben Stevenson.

Jevani Brown does not seem to have lived up to his pre-season billing. JM must be careful though because he could be cut adrift from the team especially when Pell and Harriott are fit to play.

Theo Robinson, Frank Nouble and Courtney Senior should play as a front three against Stevenage. Senior saw a lot of the ball last Saturday in the second half and must convert the opportunities that either he or others create. He has pace and skill but often his last pass is woeful, or he simply runs out of steam, but he is a talent.

Therefore 4,3,3:


Cowan-Hall Eastman Prosser Bramall

Lapslie Stevenson Comley

Senior Nouble Robinson

Ross Clampin Chilvers Gambin Norris Poku Sowunmi

Any manager will know the importance of keeping players content if they are not playing regularly and that is a problem at present with Chuck Norris who simply needs to be fed some red meat before he takes to the field, such is his frustration at not starting games.

Robinson for me was an inspired loan signing, he has goals in him and looks very sharp. I would like to see JM “do a Klopp" and play Norris Nouble and Robinson as a front three but that is perhaps too much for JM to contemplate but for about 10 minutes at Boundary Park, he did have all three on the pitch together.

For a home match, where Stevenage are bound to play five at the back, why not stretch them by playing three strikers and go for the jugular. Too much too soon perhaps but I watched the Liverpool v Salzburg game on Wednesday evening and whilst I am in no way trying to suggest that a Colchester front three can emulate Liverpool , opposition teams’ recoil from a pacy threat across the entire pitch. Kwame Poku could of course play with any of the other two Colchester strikers to create a similar effect . After all, if a criticism of the U’s is that we don’t score enough goals then we will surely convert more chances with a greater percentage of forward-thinking players on the pitch.

Now a moan – direct free kicks from about 20 to 25 yards out. Over the years we have occasionally had a player capable of scoring such opportunities. We all know who they were but currently we have no one capable of converting them. On Saturday we had two very presentable chances, and both were taken (poorly) by Cohen Bramall.

Now I would have thought when he is on the field Chuck Norris could deliver a free kick with venom and bend but to aimlessly fire them over the bar or tamely at the Keeper is not the way to win friends or influence people. On the training pitches we must practice such free kicks so let’s improve the ratio of conversion. Harry Pell would be the obvious choice when fit I suppose but, in the meantime, we are missing out on goal scoring opportunities. Moan over.

The weather in Colchester on Saturday is scheduled to be sunny and 14 degrees Celsius with only a 10% chance of precipitation. The pitch will be immaculate and so a passing game is the preferred option.

Three points and a minimum of three goals are required on Saturday, there is no room for sentiment or complacency. Personally, I would like to see Colchester win 5-0 and that would set us up nicely for Spurs (again) Crawley and Morecambe, which are all winnable games.

Oh, and Kurtis Guthrie, simply ignore him, forget about the boos, focus on scoring goals and that will negate any threat that he might offer. He might even get sent off in frustration!

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

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Macclesfield Town v Colchester United prediction logged
Super U's to tie the Silkmen up in elaborate knots
at 10:11 27 Sep 2019

After the total elation, ecstasy and excitement of Tuesday night, JM takes his heroes to Moss Rose Macclesfield on Saturday to take on Daryl McMahon’s Silkmen.

Make no mistake the U’s are in uncharted waters. It is 44 years since that famous League Cup game against Aston Villa and many of the U’s faithful were not even born then. But everyone knows however attractive and financially rewarding a cup run is, we have got to achieve promotion this season. So, forget about two visits to Crawley in October (one in the league) and focus on three points in Cheshire tomorrow.

The players are on a total high at present, but they must prepare to go toe to toe with Macclesfield who recently drew 1-1 with Newport and defeated Orient 3-0. Make no mistake they will not be rolling over just because the U’s giantkillers are in Town. Having said that we should be too strong for them and let us hope that the heavy rain forecast last evening and today will not produce problems for the surface.

I have my ticket for the match and remember that the last time I went to the Moss Rose stadium was in 1992 for a Conference Game when we drew 4-4 in an absolute classic. I do not expect 8 goals tomorrow, but a Col U win is my prediction with another clean sheet perhaps.

JM has another selection dilemma; long term injuries Harry Pell and Callum Harriott remain side-lined and Ryan Jackson should not be risked after his hamstring tweak on Tuesday. Paris Cowan-Hall proved an inspired substitution and should start at full back.

Kwame Poku should not be risked; he has a calf injury and must be fully fit before he can be considered. I was so disappointed that he couldn’t start against Spurs but did not know he was injured against Orient.

The defence otherwise should remain unchanged and then JM must decide what to do in midfield. Stevenson, Lapslie and Comley (who is playing his best football this season) could continue but that leaves limited places for Senior, Gambin, Brown plus the strikers.

Jevani Brown must set aside his penalty nonsense and start to repay the faith and money that Colchester shelled out for him and start to operate as a proper number 10. Luke Gambin struggled to get into the game on Tuesday but in fairness he was up against some of the premier league’s best midfield players.

I reckon that JM will go with Senior, Comley and Lapslie dropping Ben Stevenson and Gambin to the bench.

That leaves birthday boy 28-year-old Frank Nouble who has played every minute of every league game and who led the line brilliantly on Tuesday. Does JM rest him by dropping him to the bench and recall Chuck Norris who looked as though he had been fed a large T-bone steak extra rare on Tuesday when he came on, the frustration was there for all to see and having scored his penalty he showed real raw emotion looking like a caged beast in the back of the net.

Theo Robinson and Brendan Wiredu, who were both cup tied on Tuesday are also players that JM will be looking at. Therefore, I reckon JM will go for the following:


Cowan-Hall Eastman Prosser Bramall

Senior Lapslie Comley


Norris Robinson

Ross Sowunmi Gambin Chilvers Stevenson Nouble Wiredu

I believe that Big Frank will benefit from a rest, he has done nothing wrong, but JM has a squad and must employ it especially as we could be playing closer to 60 games this season in all competitions.

I include Brown because he must step up to the plate and start to repay the faith shown in him.

Some time during October Harry Pell and Callum Harriott will be available for selection and that will create an embarrassment of midfield riches. More of that when we cross that very large bridge.

The table is looking better, and we must now break into that top seven:

Exeter 10 22
Crewe 10 21
Cheltenham 10 20
Swindon 10 20
FGR 10 18
Bradford 10 17
Newport 10 17
Crawley 10 16
Grimsby 10 15
COL U 10 15

Macclesfield 10 12

There are, in my opinion, some surprise teams in the top seven, Crewe, Cheltenham and FGR but Bradford is a sleeping giant and despite my dislike for them (mainly due to the manager) Newport will be there or thereabouts.

Macclesfield weather will be 14 degrees Celsius and light rain. The pitch could be greasy.

Before I forget, a big shout out to David Blacknall and the Colchester ground staff for preparing such an immaculate surface for Tuesday, especially after the rain. The pitch helps the pacy style of play and rarely cuts up.

For those travelling to Macclesfield allow extra time because the M6 is undergoing work from 13 to 16 for upgrade to smart motorway status and there is a 50-mph limit. I will be travelling south and hopefully the motorway will behave itself.

Safe journey enjoy the match and Up the U’s

Number 6 will play
at 22:16 25 Sep 2019

Crawley Away

Super U's deservedly defeat Premier League Spurs in thriller
at 22:15 25 Sep 2019

Tuesday 24th September 2019 will live long in the memory when the lowest ranked team still in the competition defeated Tottenham Hotspur on penalties after the 90 minutes couldn’t separate the teams.

Could this yet be a very special season for the Super U’s. Yes, what we really want is promotion, but a decent cup run is exactly what works wonders for a lower division team.

I see from the stats that not since Bradford City achieved it some years ago has a team defeated two premier league teams on penalties in successive rounds of the competition.
Last night was very special first because there was a 9,481 crowd and the atmosphere was electric from start to finish, secondly as the evening passed you began to believe that the U’s could do it and third the players gave everything for the club, for the supporters and for the manager.

I was indebted to Wessex for reminding met that Theo Robinson was cup tied after barely playing three minutes for Southend in the early cup competition which was a blow after recent good performances.

I was also disappointed that Kwame Poku was not selected either in the first XI or on the bench I do hope that he is not injured after Saturday.

The day had started with rain and showers fell steadily at veracious times during the day, but it was fine and dry at kick off and throughout the game. The pitch was immaculate, and the crowd were buzzing from the start. Not only the South stand but from all three sides of Colchester supporters.

JM had chosen a defensive minded line up:


Jackson Eastman Prosser Bramall

Senior Stevenson Lapslie Comley Gambin


Ross Chilvers Clampin Sowunmi Cowan-Hall Norris Brown

Stevenson and Gambin were recalled and Norris again started on the bench.

Mauricio Pochettino by contrast had named a strong team:


Walker-Peters Sanchez Tanganga Davies

Dier Skipp Wanyama Alli

Moura Parrott

Lloris Vertonghen Sissoko Foyth Son Lamela Eriksen

Forget about the stats 75% possession for Spurs, the scoreline remained 0-0 and in truth apart from a fierce free kick from Tottenham’s best player Lucas Moura, Dean Gerken had little to do first half.

Colchester were content to play deep and Spurs for all their possession lacked a cutting edge.

Jackson obviously played more of the game in the Colchester half but when he did foray forward, he delivered some delightful crosses. Comley, Stevenson and Lapslie worked hard in the midfield and Big Frank got through an incredible amount of work and showed great strength.

Half time and although the scoreline remained goalless, the talk was that Spurs would step it up second half. They were more purposeful, and it was Moura who was the brightest while Alli although classy seemed to be playing within himself whilst Wanyama looked ill at ease and rarely made a telling pass.

Walker-Peters struck the far upright with a cross come shot but in truth Spurs never looked like mounting a serious attack and Colchester were content to sit in and try to catch Spurs on the break through Senior.

JM was forced into a substitute after only 50 minutes when Ryan Jackson went down in his own penalty area and Paris Cowan-Hall replaced him. I think he played his best half of football for Colchester last night, he kept Son quiet and when called upon to move forward looked sharp and lively.

Pochettino was forced to bring on both Son and Eriksen after 66 minutes for Tanganga and Parrott respectively. Now I had read a lot about Troy Parrott and this was to be his opportunity, but he rarely worried the Colchester defence and looked ill at ease up front.

But as the time ticked by Colchester grew in potency and Spurs regressed. Luke Gambin was replaced by Jevani Brown on 68 minutes while Spurs brought Lamela on for Oliver Skipp after 78 minutes.

Suddenly our counter attacks were more dangerous and territorially we grew stronger. Ben Stevenson was replaced by Chuck Norris also on 78 minutes.

Senior, Brown, Nouble and Norris took the fight to Spurs who seemed more and more withdrawn. The Spurs faithful grew quieter whilst the decibel level from the South stand grew louder and louder.

Norris was close to getting his head to what might have been the winner but at the end of 4 additional minutes the sides could not be separated.

So, penalties and could the heroics at Selhurst Park be repeated. Incredibly some people sitting near to me left just before the spot kicks.

Tottenham penalty takers:
Eriksen missed
Alli scored
Lamela scored
Son scored
Moura missed

Colchester penalty takers:
Norris scored
Nouble scored
Brown missed
Cowan-Hall scored
Lapslie scored

So, Colchester prevailed 4-3 but that hardly tells the story. Eriksen’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Gerken, Brown tried the most horrific “Panenka” penalty which was horrible, and Moura hit the bar. Leaving Lapslie to slot home the winner.

Norris showed great emotion when he scored borne out of frustration n that he has been started from the bench again.

The scenes when Tom Lapslie scored were superb, full of emotion and the pitch was covered in the faithful. After some ten minutes Prosser and Norris came back out but the scenes were simply brilliant with everyone totally elated.

I watched the penalty highlights in the back of the satellite TV van which was outside the ground and Gerken’s save looks better every time you see it. It galvanised the support and you could see the Spurs body language change appreciably.

Hopefully Jevani Brown will never ever attempt such madness again when taking a penalty. But let’s not spoil an absolutely outstanding performance and result, which was thoroughly deserved.

The fourth round will be played week commencing 28th October and the Super U’s have been drawn against Crawley Away.

Bring it on

Up the U’s

JM's young heroes to earn their Spurs in the Carabao Cup
at 20:08 23 Sep 2019

Just 24 hours now for the big game against more premier league opposition.

Ok this match is a bonus for the U's, we rarely reach the second round let alone the third round, but we don't want to stop there.

Let's look at the possible Spurs line up first:

Mauricio Pochettino has a predicament, he can't play his first XI against Colchester so he is likely to opt for a mix of youth and experience. Now no one from north London believes that Spurs will lose (probably including their near neighbours) but MP simply cannot afford to lose so something like this:


Walker-Peters Alderweireld Sanchez Davies

Skipp Eriksen Dier Alli

Moura Parrott


Including Kane Tanganga Vertonghen Winks Sissoko Lamela Son

Still a strong team but what does JM do.

Nothing the players that performed so well at Swindon and Orient have earned the right to start tomorrow evening.


Jackson Eastman Prosser Bramall

Senior Comley Sarpoy-Wiredu Poku

Nouble Robinson

Cowan-Hall Lapslie Norris Gambin Brown Chilvers Ross

10,000 full house, slightly greasy surface after some anticipated rain, brilliant atmosphere, nothing to lose for the Super U's and the prospect of a home victory it doesn't get much better than this.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U's

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Colchester United v Leyton Orient prediction logged
Col U to ensure that Orient are not full of Eastern promise at the JobServe
at 21:40 20 Sep 2019

JM will be preparing his charges for the “most important league game of the season” tomorrow but also ensuring that their minds do not drift to Tuesday evening and the Carabao Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur. Three points against Leyton Orient is the bread and butter for the Super U’s, whilst Spurs are a happy distraction.

After the disappointment of a narrow defeat against FGR, JM was not afraid to ring the changes and to his credit the transformation was tremendous at Swindon.

Clampin who was found out against the Eco-friendly team was replaced by Cohen Bramall, Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu came in for Ben Stevenson, whilst promising youngster Kwame Poku and Theo Robinson earned starts. A 3-0 victory did not flatter the U’s and has set them up nicely for the Orient on Saturday.

A decent crowd is expected, perhaps 6,000+ and the majority will be cheering the U’s on for another three valuable points. Make no mistake despite their lowly position, Orient will be coming to make things difficult, but I envisage the U’s will be too strong for their East London neighbours and should see them off 4-0.

It is about time that we start to make the JobServe Community Stadium a fortress. Too many home defeats in recent seasons has ultimately cost us promotion and it is up to the club to transform our fortunes starting tomorrow.

The opportunity for two big crowds in the space of a few days will create atmosphere and hopefully lead to consistent positive home results.

Let’s keep things simple, JM should resist any temptation to make any changes, a combination of youth and experience worked well in Wiltshire and should be repeated tomorrow.



Jackson Eastman Prosser Bramall

Comley Wiredu

Senior Poku Nouble


Lapslie Gambin Brown Sowunmi Chilvers Norris Ross

Harry Pell and Callum Harriot remain injured, whilst Stevenson, Cowan-Hall and Norris are being rested. This is sensible, especially as we have games coming in quick succession and if we can dream of victory Tuesday night then the midweek games will continue at least for another Round.

The league table is still tight:

Exeter 9 21
Crewe 9 18
Cheltenham 9 17
Swindon 9 17
FGR 9 17
Newport 9 16
Crawley 9 15
Cambridge 9 14
Bradford 9 14
Northampton 9 13
Grimsby 9 12
Plymouth 9 12
COL U 9 12

The weather tomorrow is set to remain fine and 20 degrees Celsius. In truth the next few days in Colchester will be pleasant which for late September is a real bonus.

Tomorrow is all about three points, Tuesday will take care of itself, but we can take another big step up the League Two ladder with a handsome home victory. A good performance from the team will also go a long way to securing individual players opportunities against Spurs. Bring it on.

My first home game of the season on Saturday followed by Carabao Cup action on Tuesday, Absolutely brilliant!

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

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U's to maintain recent unbeaten run after Away double-header
at 20:20 13 Sep 2019

JM and his charges take to the road for a league double header in preparation for next weekend’s home fixture against the Orient and then the little matter of the Spurs Carabao Cup encounter.

JM will be looking to secure the U’s position in the top half of the table and ensuring that minds do not wander too far from the necessity to claim valuable league points.

I will review both games against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn and the Tuesday evening game against Swindon at the Energy Check County Ground.

Saturday takes the U’s to Nailsworth in Gloucestershire for the eco friendly club led by Mark Cooper, but former U’s stalwart Matt Mills is unable to play for FGR this time.

A look at the table shows that after 7 games both FGR and Swindon are sitting in the play off positions. It is early but it is also vital that we continue to pick up points to maintain our climb of the table.

Exeter 7 17
Newport 7 15
Crewe 7 15
Swindon 7 14
FGR 7 13
Cheltenham 7 11
Grimsby 7 11
Plymouth 7 11
Macclesfield 7 11
Bradford 7 11
Crawley 7 11
Mansfield 7 9
COL U 7 9

We have a decent record at the New Lawn but last season we lost 3-0 at home (a game that I watched on I follow) during our disastrous phase where we slumped out of the automatic promotion places on a wretched run of results. Another away victory would be very well received by the faithful.

Four points from the next two games would be a handsome return, especially as both fixtures will be close encounters.

The weather in Nailsworth will be sunny and 20 degrees Celsius tomorrow.

On Tuesday we travel to Swindon, doubtless still smarting from their Carabao cup defeat at the JobServe CS. Richie Wellens has obtained maximum value from his striker loanees Jerry Yates from Rotherham and Eoin Doyle from Bradford.

The weather in Swindon is likely to be 15 degrees Celsius with some early Autumnal sunshine in readiness for the evening game. The U’s to battle for a hard-earned point to prepare for the Orient game.

Now JM has a headache ahead of both games with returning players from international duty in Luke Gambin and Brandon Comley but sadly no return yet for Harry Pell. Kwame Poku is likely to remain in the matchday squad whilst Callum Harriott could come into contention this weekend.

There is little doubt about the first five positions:


Jackson Eastman Prosser Clampin

But JM must think long and hard about the midfield:

Does he play Senior and Gambin or go with Stevenson Lapslie and Comley or Wiredu
With perhaps Brown, Nouble and Norris or is there a place for Cowan-Hall or Robinson.
Can Callum Harriott also be drafted in. It is a real selection dilemma for the U’s tactical supremo.

He will already be thinking about his XI for the following Tuesday evening but there are 9 valuable league points up for grabs before that. JM will surely want to keep the unbeaten run going for as long as possible.

Therefore, I reckon the following for FGR tomorrow:


Jackson Eastman Prosser Clampin

Senior Stevenson Lapslie Gambin

Nouble Norris

Ross Chilvers Wiredu Brown Robinson Cowan-Hall Comley

JM may consider drafting in Callum Harriott at Swindon on Tuesday with Kwame Poku.
He will also have Cohen Bramall and Omar Sowunmi available for squad selection, but the next two games might be too soon for them.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Enjoy the game

Up the U’s

Cowleys Imps become Terriers
at 20:10 10 Sep 2019

But have they made the same mistake Nathan Jones did when he left Luton Town for Stoke City.

A successful lower league team perhaps overachieving but to move to a Championship club seemingly in free fall does not represent either exercising sound judgement or a sensible and positive move.

Huddersfield have parachute payments and a decent 27,000 all seater stadium but are a poor football team struggling for form and short on confidence.

This will be the Cowleys greatest challenge and having turned Huddersfield down three times recently it is all the more surprising.

Could we yet be playing the Terriers in league one next season. Don't bet against it.

Up the U's
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Super U's to leather the Saddlers at the JobServe CS
at 20:27 6 Sep 2019

After the excitement of the last week with four consecutive victories including two in the Cups (virtually unheard of in modern football parlance) it is important for the team to focus solely on the bread and butter of the league as we prepare to welcome Darrell Clarke’s Saddlers to the JobServe Community Stadium.

Clarke has added 16 new signings to the Bescot with only Bradford with 15 new arrivals closest to the total. They started well but have fallen away but make no mistake they will be keen to put things right against the U’s and we must guard against complacency.

JM by contrast is looking to extend this winning run and has made two impressive signings during the past few days. Loanee Theo Robinson, who impressed at Oldham and then at Gillingham, will get the opportunity to open his home account for the U’s whilst it might be too soon for new signing Callum Harriott from Reading. He impressed when on loan four years ago with 7 goals in 23 appearances and this time has signed a two-year deal. Fitness might be key and so I don’t expect to see him in the squad tomorrow. Both signings have impressed Colchester supporters who are beginning to believe that this could be our year for automatic promotion.

They join youngster Freddie Hinds from Bristol City who will play predominantly for the U23’s.

This weekend JM has a selection dilemma which will only increase when Harry Pell, Tom Lapslie and Cohen Bramall return from injury. Sadly, Pell is out until October.

This weekend Brandon Comley and Luke Gambin are also away on International duty with Montserrat and Malta respectively.

JM still has some quality to choose from however:


Jackson Eastman Prosser Clampin

Brown Stevenson Chilvers Senior

Nouble Norris

Ross James Hasanally Poku Cowan-Hall Robinson Kensdale

The Goalkeeper and back four pick themselves, whilst young Noah Chilvers should get a start in midfield. Senior and Brown to join them whilst the rejuvenated Nouble and top scorer Norris have formed a good partnership.

The real excitement could come from the bench however with Theo Robinson and Kwame Poku deserving of match time. Indeed, JM could play a front three of Robinson, Nouble and Norris as it is a home fixture. Too adventurous perhaps, but for a few minutes at Boundary Park last week we played with three up front. Exciting times indeed.

The only thing missing so far this season has been the ability to put a team firmly out of the picture. JM must target Walsall as potential whipping boys (no disrespect) but a handsome 4-0 home victory is called for tomorrow.

The Spurs game and a capacity crowd of 10,000 obviously is overshadowing forthcoming fixtures but whilst such games come along occasionally, it is the Saddlers games that offer three points and the chance to climb the table and ultimately to get out of League Two which must be the aim this season.

The weather tomorrow will be partly sunny and 18 degrees Celsius.

A decent crowd after some quality results should make for a good atmosphere.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

Spurs tickets
at 20:56 5 Sep 2019

An absolute shambles, almost as bad as Parliament.

Cannot access the ticket site and suspect that I have missed my opportunity for a ticket.

Seething at present.

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